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In Everything Give Thanks!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)

Let me tell you of the goodness of God!

Recently, I wrote of my car stalling and my sadness thereof… “Imagine, I am driving down the road and my check engine light comes on. I say to myself, ‘Let me try to get to my destination, then I’ll see what’s going on.’ After about two (2) miles, the car starts making grinding noises. Several dashboard lights start to flash as I pull over to the side of the road. Then, all of a sudden, the car completely shuts off and will not restart. As I sat there stranded, confused and sad, cars sped pass my stalled vehicle.”

My first thought was that my engine had locked. Although I tried to stay positive, fear overcame me and I was scared. My thoughts continued to decline as I imagined having to pay a car note for an unusable vehicle. When I finally arrived home that night, I felt totally powerless over the situation and reluctantly turned it over to God.

The next morning, my son went to the auto shop to talk with the mechanics about my car. When he told me, “the car started,” I immediately praised God because I knew the engine wasn’t locked. Diagnosis: the alternator was no more.

I’ve got to tell you what my God did because I paid for the alternator, however, I didn’t have to pay for any of the labor – the labor was FREE. All I could do was to say a prayer of thanksgiving! Through God’s grace, those mechanics loved my son so much that they worked on my car free of charge. Humbly, I’ll say that shows God’s favor over our lives.

There’s a poem titled Footprints in the Sand, and at the end God whispers, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you… When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” God has been carrying me these past few years because it’s been really tough. Seems like I’ll take one (1) step forward and three (3) steps back. Nonetheless, I can’t complain because God has given me a good life. And, I would not change a thing because only through pain comes growth.

Well, I promised I would tithe and will start with 5% of my weekly gross income (10% is the norm). Why, you may ask, am I going to tithe? Because God has been so good to me that it is time I start giving back. (Amen)
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